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How To Make a Gun Holster

Have you ever wondered how the fine pieces of craftsmanship are made? It's not a top-secret family recipe so we can tell you how our holsters are made. You can try to do them yourselves but, well, save time and let us handle it. We can start off easily. You need fine cowhide leather, a pair of skilled hands, tools of the trade and a lot of patience. Plus combine this with a gun mold and you sort of have the concept of what is in the mix of a holster manufacuture. Each Holster is made, cut, molded and finished by the same craftsman, we have several craftsman working in our production and as a proud craftsmen there is always his mark/signature on the packing slip. Our leather holsters come from two of the best European leather craftsmen. Vega Holster and Falco.

Vega Holster craftsmen use Italian leather that is treated in vegetable oil and molded directly to perfectly fit the gun. Their leather may seem thinner, but don't let if fool you. The thickness of Vega holsters is calculated to ensure the perfect retention, fit and every detail necessary. The proof of a premium molded holster ist the shape and contours of the gun visible on the surface of the holster. The standard mahogany or black leather will last a lifetime when you take good care of it and ensure it's proper break-in. The leather is treated everywhere, just take your Leather Pancake Holster with 2 carry positions and check it's edges - they are treated to a level of no possible fraying, check the retention screws - they are cased in a rubber protective casing, check the stitching - it's high density threads that are sometimes double stitched to ensure perfection. You can see by your own eyes that the holster is a piece of art.

Falco Holsters cratfsmen use the highest quality leather during process of making a holster. 7 to 8 OZ (about 3 mm) thick leather is used and we always choose the so-called butts from the tanneries, the leather always arrives to production in its natural color. Falco holsters are a bit thicker than Vega holsters, they have a more "traditional" view of how thick a holster should be. Spefic gun molds are always used for each handgun model plus there are always options for modifications of the barrel lenght. Let's just say that your Ruger Super Redhawk 9.5" is in a need of a shoulder rig. And you can find manufacturers that don't do the length your revolver has. Well that is not a problem for us, as a 9.5" barrel is perfectly packable in our  Leather Shoulder Holster System. So don't hesitate to invest in a proper rig for a proper gun. Or any gun to be specific.

The process of making a holster 

The correct cast is chosen and starts the production process, with the correct model cast the craftsmen chooses and adjusts the chopper blades, this blades go to a pressing machine that will cut all leatherparts for the holster, for specific models or custom made models the leather is hand cut. 

The shape is accomplished by first soaking the holster in a softening solution and then with  exact replica from the gun it is hand molded achieving like this a perfect fit for your Gun. The holsters have to dry at least for 24 hours, leaving them hard and very stiff, the edges are again rectifyed and painted so that the layers of the leather stay invisible and with no defects.The next step is to adjust, with a machine, the edges and round them so they can have a smooth touch and feel. It is now time to join all pieces together sewing and gluing, the body of the holster is now closed but shapeless.

The dry leather is now going to be impregnated with several layers of a solution leaving it smooth and soft again, it is time for the last layer, the protective layer is composed by a special varnish, and here the term special is used with a meaning of - "we spent years finding it out so you don't have to". This varnish adds the shine, protection, durability and the typical feel of real leather. The holster is now almost ready to be shipped missing just the quality check, after checking and if passed the holster is sent to expedition area and is shipped to the customer. 

Well, we hope this how to make a gun holster article explaind that making a quality holster takes some time and sometimes your patience is necessary. We'll do our best to deliver your holster as soon as possible.

Time to choose one for you

It's weeks of crafting and the touch of the craftsman that make the quality you can feel in your hands. Follow the link here and choose a leather holster for your handgun now that you know how they are made. Please remember that youy need to break-in, clean and take care of your holster. It's the same reason why you clean your leather boots. The more you take care of them the more they protect your feet. Why not invest the same time into a holster that protects the tool protecting your life.  


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